Are you, or is someone you care about, worried about how mental health or addiction issues might affect family members? There are programs and resources available that were created specifically to address the unique concerns of family in such situations.
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
Dealing with mental illness is difficult for the person diagnosed with a disorder, but it can also be tough for those around them. While it’s absolutely important for the individual to be focused on their recovery, we often don’t think about the impact it can also have on family members and friends. CAMH offers advice on how to handle this.
Mental Health Commission of Canada
Family caregivers of adults with mental illnesses play an important role in their relatives’ recovery. The Mental Health Commission of Canada has listed 41 recommendations to improve the capacity of caregivers to provide the best possible care to adults with mental illness, while also looking after their own wellbeing. Read them all here.
Kids Help PhoneKids Help Phone
Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only 24/7 e-mental health service offering free, confidential support to young people in English and French. Services include mental health tips and info, crisis support, professional counselling, quizzes, games and...
Psychological First Aid pocket guideRed Cross
This booklet is not intended to replace proper Psychological First Aid training.
Caregivers Nova Scotia
Caregivers Nova Scotia provides free programs, services, information, and advocacy for family and friend caregivers. We are dedicated to providing recognition and practical assistance to friends and family giving care.
Alateen a part of the Al-Anon Family Groups, is a fellowship of young people (mostly teenagers) whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking whether they are in...
Al‑Anon is a mutual support program for people whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. By sharing common experiences and applying the Al-Anon principles...
Families Matter in Mental Health
Families Matter in Mental Health is an 11-week education and support program for family or friends who are providing practical and/or emotional support to someone who has a...
Provincial Mental Health and Addictions Crisis Line
The Provincial Mental Health and Addictions Crisis Line provides crisis intervention for children, youth and adults experiencing a mental health crisis or mental distress.